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Phoenix Rising: 'The God on the Mountain'

August 4, 2015
Phoenix Rising: 'The God on the Mountain' A few years ago I was channel surfing in the wee hours of the morning and came across a lovely African American woman singing a wonderful gospel song “The God on The Mountain” on TBN. It immediately caught my attention. Lynda Randle was the name of the inspiring singer and the lyrics were...

Hillary Clinton may have interfered with US program against offshore banks

August 3, 2015
Hillary Clinton may have interfered with US program against offshore banks NEW YORK, USA -- On the heels of revelations earlier this year about questionable Clinton family activities in Haiti, the Wall Street Journal revealed last week that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband accepted cash from Swiss bank UBS, after she intervened to help it out with the IRS.

IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region

July 31, 2015
IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), in a hearing of the US Congress’s House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said that the increase in direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists have caused deterioration in...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Cornelia's Jewels

July 30, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Cornelia's Jewels Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Cornelia’s Jewels. The hope is that this submission would cause you...

Caribbean examining Singapore tourism approach

July 28, 2015
Caribbean examining Singapore tourism approach BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), in partnership with the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, on Friday held a workshop on Developing Viable and Sustainable Tourism Products: The Singapore Model. The workshop, in Bridgetown, Barbados, was...

Phoenix Rising: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up

July 28, 2015
Phoenix Rising: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up Life is filled with many surprises, twists and turns. As an international motivational speaker and talk show host, I am often invited to various functions and events. Sometimes, I don’t feel like going to some events and invariably when I dress up and show up something positive happens. As I look back...

Officials meet to review economic outlook for Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic

July 27, 2015
Officials meet to review economic outlook for Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Central bank governors, finance ministers, and banking superintendents of Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, and senior IMF officials met in El Salvador on July 23-24 to review the economic outlook for the region and strategies to strengthen policy frameworks.

ACP ministers adopt roadmap to boost economies through fisheries and aquaculture management

July 25, 2015
ACP ministers adopt roadmap to boost economies through fisheries and aquaculture management BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The fourth meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ministers in charge of fisheries and aquaculture was held in Brussels from 22 to 23 July 2015, preceded by a meeting of senior fisheries officials on 20 and 21 July. It provided an opportunity for the ministers to take stock...

Phoenix Rising: Please pass the passion!

July 21, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Please pass the passion! A few years ago retired General Colin Powell was toying with the idea of running for the presidency of the United States. He had a choice blend of political and military experience and many thought that he’d make a great president, but Powell said that he just didn’t have it in him. His wife Alma feared...

Commonwealth to assist in 'de-risking' diaspora remittances

July 18, 2015
Commonwealth to assist in 'de-risking' diaspora remittances LONDON, England -- The Commonwealth has pledged to work with regional and international financial institutions to reduce the risks associated with diaspora money transfers, which provide a crucial source of income to citizens in many developing countries. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour

July 15, 2015
Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour BRASILIA, Brazil -- From 1-3 July 2015, delegations from 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, participated in a roundtable for south-south cooperation focused on combating child labour, with the signing of four...

Caribbean governments criticised over Commonwealth nominees

July 14, 2015
Caribbean governments criticised over Commonwealth nominees BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Commonwealth Caribbean governments have been criticized for their apparent failure to unite behind one candidate for the post of secretary general of the Commonwealth. Antigua-based analyst Arvel Grant said, instead of publicly quarreling...

Can crowd-funding help to close the financing gap?

July 14, 2015
Can crowd-funding help to close the financing gap? ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- In efforts to explore new and innovative approaches to development finance, the Commonwealth is organising an exciting event to showcase the potential of crowd-funding. The event, Leapfrogging Traditional Capital Markets: Exploring the Development Potential of...

CDB partners with IDB to launch second campaign to promote road safety in the Caribbean

July 11, 2015
CDB partners with IDB to launch second campaign to promote road safety in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video could possibly save a life. That’s the thinking behind the second annual staging of Proyecto Luz Amarilla (Project Yellow Light), a video contest that invites young people from Latin America and the Caribbean to get creative.

Commonwealth announces principles for judicial appointments, tenure and removal

July 10, 2015
Commonwealth announces principles for judicial appointments, tenure and removal LONDON, England -- The secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, on Thursday published a set of guiding principles for Commonwealth member countries on the appointment, tenure and removal of superior court judges. The compendium of guidelines will help to enshrine...

Advocacy group believes Caribbean governments will be under pressure to accept same sex marriage

July 8, 2015
Advocacy group believes Caribbean governments will be under pressure to accept same sex marriage BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Caribbean governments will be under increased pressure to recognize and accept gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions in light of the recent US Supreme Court ruling that has made same sex marriage legal in all 50 US states. That’s the view of Philippa Davies...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The summer learning loss phenomenon

July 8, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The summer learning loss phenomenon Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: The Summer Learning Loss Phenomenon. The hope is that this submission...

Caribbean leaders undecided on Commonwealth nominee

July 6, 2015
Caribbean leaders undecided on Commonwealth nominee BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean leaders have still not decided on a consensus candidate for the soon-to-be vacant post of Commonwealth Secretary-General. CARICOM chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart stated that a decision had not been made.

Caribbean states 'lighting path' towards sustainable future, says UN chief in Barbados

July 3, 2015
Caribbean states 'lighting path' towards sustainable future, says UN chief in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- This is a year for global action, with international community in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that will be agreed in New York in September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Bridgetown.

Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering

July 1, 2015
Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes.

South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour

July 1, 2015
South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa's deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, began a high level official visit to five Caribbean nations on Monday. The visit will underscore the cordial relations South Africa enjoys with the governments and people of Guyana...

Another offshore bank reaches resolution with US Justice Department

June 29, 2015
Another offshore bank reaches resolution with US Justice Department WASHINGTON, USA -- The Department of Justice announced on Friday that another offshore bank, Ersparniskasse Schaffhausen AG (EKS), has reached a resolution under the department’s Swiss Bank Program. The Swiss Bank Program, which was announced on August 29, 2013, provides a path...

Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption

June 26, 2015
Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- National authorities from 12 Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have joined forces to establish a new regional body to enhance transparency and help fight corruption. The Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean...

Caribbean banks respond to EU tax haven blacklist

June 26, 2015
Caribbean banks respond to EU tax haven blacklist CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The release of the “Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU” by the European Commission on June 17, 2015, which included 15 Caribbean countries in a “blacklist” of non-cooperative jurisdictions, has caused the Caribbean Association of Banks grave concern.

EarthTalk: Is there potential for kinetic energy to provide significant amounts of electricity?

June 26, 2015
EarthTalk: Is there potential for kinetic energy to provide significant amounts of electricity? Physicists define “kinetic” energy as the energy of motion (as opposed to potential energy, which represents an object’s stored energy). While there is not much that is practical that we can do with potential energy, kinetic energy is another matter. We can capture energy from all sorts of everyday activities.

Joint effort creates first ever Kreyol alphabet, songs and videos

June 24, 2015
Joint effort creates first ever Kreyol alphabet, songs and videos TARPON SPRINGS, USA -- The first ever Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) alphabet songs as educational videos have been created and made available online. The groundbreaking project is the result of collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) linguistics professor Michel DeGraff and...

Reshaping the future of global trade for universal economic growth

June 23, 2015
Reshaping the future of global trade for universal economic growth LONDON, England -- Landmark events taking place this year have the potential to reshape the future of Commonwealth trade. Officials and experts will meet in South Africa to consider how international trade can be made more inclusive to support sustainable development. The Commonwealth Trade...

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